Film Con Challenge 2018 “Horror San Diego”



“Horror San Diego” - A Film Con Challenge

Presented by Film Consortium San Diego in partnership with So Say We All
The Film Con Challenge is a timed competition bringing together some of San Diego’s greatest storytellers to produce a short film (less than 15 minutes) in a 60 day long competition. Each year, The Film Con Challenge will promote an overarching theme for the timed competition, with 2018 being entitled “Horror San Diego”. Horror San Diego aims to encourage an elevation of the genre and an interest in the craft through selected stories whose purpose is to create feelings of fear, dread and terror in it audience. Teams will be given up to three vetted stories* from the local writer’s group So Say We All and will have to do the following:
  1. Choose one of the three stories*
  2. Adapt the story into a screenplay
  3. Shoot, edit and hand in final film by deadline
  4. Include 2 creative elements in the produced film (see below)
  5. Complete all paperwork, release forms etc and hand in with film.
*(Please note, there is a strong likelihood teams will be given the same story to adapt.)
We hope to create unique and interesting stories that are visually distinctive and highlight both classic and contemporary horror stories created by local San Diego writers. Key elements in horror include, suspense,mystery, foreshadowing, imagination, and fear. We want to enhance the types of stories told in San Diego and to create compelling films that uphold as wells as push the boundaries of the genre. We also hope to create films that will be competitive entries into top film festivals worldwide.
“Horror San Diego” -Horror genre stories provided by So Say We All
Kickoff: Monday, August 20th at 6PM
Deadline: Friday October 19th at 6PM
Cost: $120 early-bird registration fee until August 10th at midnight (extended)
$150 registration fee from August 10th until August 20th at 5:30PM
All films will be automatically screened during the 2019 San Diego Film Week and will be eligible for the 2019 San Diego Film Awards.
Winning Film will receive $300 credit on FilmFreeway for Film Festival submissions
List of Winners will be posted online at
All entries will be screened at SD Film Week 2019
All entries are eligible for the 2019 San Diego Film Awards
Use of Creative Elements
Each team will be assigned two creative elements that must be used in their film. The final list of creative elements will be made available upon launch of the contest. The current tentative list of creative elements include:
Dutch angle
One shot
Slow Motion
Hero Shot
Jump Cuts
Zolley Shot
Freeze Frame
Dolley shot
Who We Are
Film Consortium San Diego is a social venture that stimulates film and television production in the region and increases networking, employment, education, funding and distribution opportunities in film, television and new media. The Film Consortium holds various networking, screening and awards events including the San Diego Film Awards, San Diego Film Week and produces the annual Local Film Showcase at the GI Film Festival San Diego
So Say We All: Founded in 2009, So Say We All is a literary and performing arts non-profit organization whose mission is to create opportunities for individuals to tell their stories, and tell them better, through three core priorities: publishing, performance, and education. For more information about So Say We All, check out their website at
Contest Rules and Guidelines:
These rules apply to each participating production team. The Film Consortium SD may add to or amend these rules at any time prior to the beginning of the official timed period.
The 2018 Horror San Diego - Film Con Challenge takes place locally, in San Diego County, and will occur between August 20th, 2018 and October 19th, 2018. This is the “Official Time Period”.
Teams must register by August 20th, 2018 at 5:30 PM in order to participate in the competition.
The participating groups/teams must submit their film by the competition deadline in order to qualify for the competition (this includes uploading film to Vimeo and creating a private downloadable link). Only films that meet the deadline will be officially part of the competition and be eligible for awards. All films received (on-time and late) will be screened at San Diego Film Week 2019.
Creative Process
All creativity must take place during the Official Time Period. Any creative work in advance of the competition is prohibited. Creative work includes, but is not limited to:
  • Adapting script
  • Rehearsing
  • Costume/Set Design
  • Shooting
  • Editing
  • Sound Design/Coloring
  • Rendering
  • Outputting to tape or other media
The only work to begin prior to the Official Time Period is:
  • Organizing Crew
  • Organizing Cast
  • Securing Equipment
  • Scouting/Securing Locations
All footage must be shot within the Official Time Period of the project.
No stock footage or footage shot or created at another time may be used.
Animation and special effects are permitted, but must be created during the Official Time Period. (Note: Stock footage is permissible as part of a post-production effect or on a background monitor, i.e., a television, as long as the team has rights to the stock footage and the stock footage is placed over or under footage that is shot within the Official Time Period. Allowable stock footage includes bullets, fires, explosions, chroma-key backgrounds, etc., but stock footage of people or other performers is not allowed.)
Still photographs are permitted, provided that the team has the rights to them. The photos do not need to be created during the Official Time Period; however, stills created outside of the Official Time Period may not be used in sequence to create the illusion of motion.
Online Kickoff Event
  • Filmmakers will be emailed 3 randomly selected stories. You have 24 hours to determine and inform us of which story you will be adapting. Please do so by email.
Required Elements
Each participating group will be assigned required elements that must appear in its film. These randomly selected creative elements include, types of camera movements, shots & edits.
  • The script must be an adaptation of the provided story with minimal changes. Team may add dialogue and other elements as needed but the script should not stray too far from the provided story.
  • The required elements must be seen on screen.
  • To qualify as an Official Entry, your film must contain all required elements within the official time limit and prior to the credits.
All cast and crew must be volunteers.
Animal Safety
Animal safety, like cast and crew safety, is an important part of the Film Con Challenge. Films that result in the death or mutilation of an animal will be disqualified.
Any type of video or film camera may be used. There is no limit to the number of cameras.
Music Rights
Participating groups are encouraged to work with a composer and/or musicians to write and record music for the films. It is permissible for a participating group to use pre-recorded music; however the participating group must have the rights to any music used in its film and must provide releases for all music used. As with music, pre-recorded sound effects are allowed, but you must have rights to use them. Note: Song parodies (i.e., use of identifiable pre-existing compositions with new or altered lyrics or music) may not be included in the film without a signed release from the composition's rights holder. This rule applies without regard to whether the song parody arguably constitutes "fair use" under US or international copyright law.
Total Running Time
The finished film must be a minimum of 7 minutes in duration, and a maximum of 15 minutes in duration—not including end credits. In other words, the official running time begins after the required pre-film slates and ends prior to the end credits. The required slates and the end credits do not count towards the minimum time of 7 minutes. The film story may not be longer than 15 minutes.
Pre-film Required Slates
Before the finished film begins, the media should have...
  • 5 seconds of black
  • A title card with: team name, title, and date
  • The official FCSD animated opening -OR- a title card with: This film was made for the Film Con Challenge
  • 2 seconds of black
End Credits
Credits at the end of each film are limited to a maximum of 60 seconds. The 60 seconds is considered additional to the length of the film, as stated above. (That is, a film may be 7 minutes long, with an additional 60 seconds of credits, for a total running time of 8 minutes.)
The end credits must include the words: This film was made for the Film Con Challenge
Slates And Credits After The Competition
For any future screenings, online or otherwise, films should retain the pre-film title card that says: This film was made for the Film Con Challenge
Required Media Formats
Your film must be submitted with the following media:
  • A self-contained HD Quicktime file with no proprietary codecs on either. (preferred)
Submission Notes
  • We recommend each team submit two copies of the final film.
  • We recommend you make sound levels relatively even throughout your film. (If your film has uneven sound or sound that peaks, it may be modified to protect the playback equipment.)
  • Projection specs vary from theater to theater and are beyond the control of the Film Con Challenge. If your film is very dark, it may be difficult to see in your theater.
  • All films received on the evening of the deadline (on-time and late) will be screened, presuming they meet the eligibility requirements.
Production Documents
Each team must secure releases for talent, crew, music and locations (and any other applicable releases), which must be turned in to the project organizers with the finished film/video. The film/video will not be screened before the Film Con Challenge Organizers receive the signed releases.
  • Teams will be sent a folder with release forms via email
Certification Statement
The Entrant must submit a Certification Statement with his/her completed Entry, certifying adherence to all Official Rules.
To be eligible for the Project, Entries must be the original adaptation work of the entrant; must not infringe third-party's rights; must be suitable for publication (i.e., may not be obscene or indecent); must not contain obscene or pornographic material; may not contain defamatory statements about any person, company, organization or entity; may not invade privacy or other rights of any person, company or entity; may not in any other way violate applicable laws and regulations; and may not contain any copyrighted elements (other than as owned by the Entrant and/or FCC). Entries containing prohibited or inappropriate content as determined by the FCC, in its sole discretion, to be inappropriate will be disqualified. FCC reserves the right to make the final determination as to which Entries are eligible. FCC also reserves the right to refuse to screen a film or to make an announcement at the screening regarding the content of the film.
No Pre-Screening Distribution
The Entrant should not distribute their entry/video in any way prior to it receiving its official FCC premiere screening. This includes uploading the video to any website or screening the film for groups of anyone other than the team. The Entrant is encouraged to make a trailer of their film and distribute that instead. This trailer should be no longer than 60 seconds.
Official Film Entry
To be certified as an Official Film Entry, each participating group's film/video production must follow all rules herein. The Film Con Challenge Organizers reserve the right to screen only certified Official Film Entries.
Entries Not Returned
No Entries (media or documents) will be returned.
FCC and Project Parties may, in their sole discretion, disqualify Entries deemed to be inappropriate or otherwise non-compliant.
Refund Schedule
If a team (Entrant) must withdraw from the Film Con Challenge, you may be refunded up to three days after the date of your initial signup. After which, their will be no refunds for any reason.
Participation of Minors
Some events may be held in "21 years of age or older" locations. Every effort will be made to ensure that any under 21 teams will not be affected adversely. Entrants may wish to consider having at least one member of its team be 21 years or older.